Do you miss audio cassettes (tapes) OT ?

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#1 Edited by indzman (27389 posts) -

I still've around 300 audio cassettes (tapes) , couple of old SONY music systems tucked away lol. Used to listen to cassettes till 2002 very much.Tried playing them today as nostalgia, music coming out damp and very slow :(. Should i fix em or just throw em away OT ?

Do you miss Audio Cassette , VHS , Walkman era OT ? :)

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#2 Posted by Master_Live (18815 posts) -

No I do not. I-pods, DVD's/Blu-Ray etc. are more convenient.

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#3 Posted by Master_Live (18815 posts) -

If they are important to you then perhaps you should try and fix them.

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#5 Edited by Behardy24 (5324 posts) -

Nope because I never lived it. Would be cool to experience though.

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#6 Edited by indzman (27389 posts) -

@Master_Live said:

If they are important to you then perhaps you should try and fix them.

They hold a sweet nostalgic feeling, but fixing and maintaining em gonna cost me also i guess. Will Think on it :)

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#7 Posted by br0kenrabbit (15099 posts) -

Most of my cassettes melted in the car. The rest I tossed because they got ate by the player or were too old and stretched that they sounded like crap.

No, I don't miss magnetic tape of any variety. What a pain in the ass.

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#8 Posted by chaoscougar1 (37597 posts) -

No one in their right mind would miss cassette tapes
No easy way to find songs, no easy way to get songs onto them, cumbersome, poor quality sound
They were cute back in the day, thats about it

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#9 Edited by Gaming-Planet (18651 posts) -

I hated rewinding them with a pencil.

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#10 Posted by korvus (10685 posts) -

Don't miss them at all...my crappy player had the habit of eating them...I'd spend more time untangling it and putting it back together hoping it wouldn't snap rather than listening to music XD

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#11 Edited by elkoldo (1775 posts) -

Not the cassettes themselves but rather those days ; I miss those days pretty bad.

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#12 Posted by indzman (27389 posts) -

@elkoldo said:

Not the cassettes themselves but rather those days ; I miss those days pretty bad.

me too

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#13 Posted by korvus (10685 posts) -

@indzman said:

@elkoldo said:

Not the cassettes themselves but rather those days ; I miss those days pretty bad.

me too

My life was sooooooooo f'ed up those days....even thinking about them hurts XD

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#14 Posted by indzman (27389 posts) -

@korvus said:

@indzman said:

@elkoldo said:

Not the cassettes themselves but rather those days ; I miss those days pretty bad.

me too

My life was sooooooooo f'ed up those days....even thinking about them hurts XD

My life was actually good those days ... now fvcked up pretty bad XD

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#16 Posted by korvus (10685 posts) -

@indzman: On the bright side you're older and hopefully a bit wiser, so you have all the tools to turn your life into a good thing. You seem like a smart guy, so I know you can do it =D

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#17 Edited by indzman (27389 posts) -

@korvus said:

@indzman: On the bright side you're older and hopefully a bit wiser, so you have all the tools to turn your life into a good thing. You seem like a smart guy, so I know you can do it =D

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#18 Posted by elkoldo (1775 posts) -
@indzman said:

@korvus said:

@indzman said:

@elkoldo said:

Not the cassettes themselves but rather those days ; I miss those days pretty bad.

me too

My life was sooooooooo f'ed up those days....even thinking about them hurts XD

My life was actually good those days ... now fvcked up pretty bad XD

I echo Indie.

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#19 Posted by elkoldo (1775 posts) -
@indzman said:

@korvus said:

@indzman: On the bright side you're older and hopefully a bit wiser, so you have all the tools to turn your life into a good thing. You seem like a smart guy, so I know you can do it =D

The laughter means you're desperate to bring about the change ; to be frank so am I :(

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#20 Posted by lamprey263 (34425 posts) -

Got any NKOTB?

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#21 Edited by indzman (27389 posts) -

@elkoldo said:
@indzman said:

@korvus said:

@indzman said:

@elkoldo said:

Not the cassettes themselves but rather those days ; I miss those days pretty bad.

me too

My life was sooooooooo f'ed up those days....even thinking about them hurts XD

My life was actually good those days ... now fvcked up pretty bad XD

I echo Indie.

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#22 Posted by LJS9502_basic (161977 posts) -

No. Never a good format.

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#23 Posted by deeliman (3744 posts) -

I've only experienced walkmans and VHS. Don't miss them at all.

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#24 Edited by jun_aka_pekto (22299 posts) -

Nope.

Reminds me of the days I was still young and struggling. Early 90's photo of my first DIY PC. I was also still a dorm rodent. I just started the transition to CD. Most of my stuff were still VHS and cassette.

Along with cassette and VHS were 3.5" and 5.25" floppy disks and beige PC. ;)

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#25 Edited by yokofox33 (30774 posts) -

I miss the novelty of them. Not so much the hassle of rewinding or forwarding them to get to your desired song.

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#26 Posted by jasean79 (2593 posts) -

Do I miss poor quality audio in the form of a cassette that required minutes of fast forwarding and rewinding to get to my favorite song?

Absolutely not.

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#27 Posted by br0kenrabbit (15099 posts) -

@yokofox33 said:

I miss the novelty of them.

I miss unrolling them and throwing them over peoples trees.

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#28 Edited by jun_aka_pekto (22299 posts) -

@br0kenrabbit said:

@yokofox33 said:

I miss the novelty of them.

I miss unrolling them and throwing them over peoples trees.

When I still lived in Nevada, I used to hold on to one end of the cut tape and then throw the cassette out the window while driving. Beside stop signs full of bullet holes and animal road kill, the highways in Nevada used to be littered with cassette tapes.

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#29 Posted by AFBrat77 (26278 posts) -

@Gaming-Planet said:

I hated rewinding them with a pencil.

haha, hear, hear

good call.

I don't miss them I miss record albums at times though.

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#30 Posted by megagene (23153 posts) -

Nah, vinyl is where it's at. And I still purchase it regularly.

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#31 Edited by foxhound_fox (96696 posts) -

No.

They are an wholly inferior audio medium. If convenience isn't a factor, vinyl is the best for sound quality and CD is a distant second (not to mention the cassette's terrible problem with degrading over time). If convenience is a factor, MP3 and it's related devices takes the show and runs away with it.

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#32 Posted by indzman (27389 posts) -

Wuts Vinyl ???

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#33 Posted by KiIIyou (27180 posts) -

Id think itd be cheaper to buy a working player instead of fixing the busted one you got, where would you even go to have it fixed anyhow? :o

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#34 Posted by KHAndAnime (17565 posts) -

No, they suck. Digital is life-changing and a necessity in my life.

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#35 Posted by indzman (27389 posts) -

@KiIIyou said:

Id think itd be cheaper to buy a working player instead of fixing the busted one you got, where would you even go to have it fixed anyhow? :o

Million dollar question , very true. Who'd fix it ? I guess i've to let go of the past.

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#36 Posted by foxhound_fox (96696 posts) -

@indzman said:

Wuts Vinyl ???

Nearly 100 year-old technology that has higher audio fidelity than the best digital files.

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#37 Posted by EPICCOMMANDER (1103 posts) -

Not at all. Aside from voice recording, CDs/MP3 players do everything cassettes did only a lot better. A smartphone today can be seen as a vastly upgraded tape recorder, in that most if not all of them can play music and record audio.

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#38 Posted by harry_james_pot (11398 posts) -

Nope. I do miss the times when they existed.. but not the tapes.

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#39 Edited by GamingGod999 (3135 posts) -

MJ's "Bad" on cassette?

Huh, I just got the album for 99p on Amazon a few weeks ago. Lovin' it!

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#40 Edited by AutoPilotOn (8655 posts) -

I don't miss tapes. They were such a pain.

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#41 Edited by poptart (7085 posts) -

Yes and no

No because of the inevitable degradation of quality and the painstaking process of reattaching or recasing a tape. Yes because of the time it represented, and certain genres of music lent itself well to the audio cassette. I recall dance music for example feeling a little more humanised on cassette, certainly when listening to mix tapes recorded at warehouse parties. When I first listened to a mix CD all those once invisible frequencies were laid bare, all of a sudden it lost a little soul and meaning. Also the effort you had to put in - yes it was a pain in the arse forward/re-winding, however that forced your hand with how you interacted with music. These days I find myself flicking between one of thousands of compressed files with lesser appreciation for entire albums.

In the past era of less effective music distribution, those little C90 mix tapes that you gave / received were little goldmines of new / past bands you would have otherwise never heard of. This remained (if I recall correctly) the only medium to distribute self-made compilations between friends until way into the 90s (I know I never had the capacity to make a mix CD until fairly late on), so yes it remained a valuable format for some time past the introduction of the CD and so should be at least a little cherished for that alone.

I have heard of a resurgence of artists recording back onto tape (decent R2R not just on a C60 or whatever) because of the quality of the format, although have yet to actually see anything commercially available. Another micro-fad perhaps... Still with people simply amassing thousands upon thousands of shitty MP3/4 formatted tunes with ever decreasing appreciation of the music itself (I find myself being guilty of this from time to time), I guess harking back to times past isn't such a bad thing.

Ramble over.

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#42 Posted by chernoalpha527 (169 posts) -

Hell no they sucked listening to my I-pod is so much more convenient.

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#43 Edited by indzman (27389 posts) -

@GamingGod999 said:

MJ's "Bad" on cassette?

Why is it surprise ? MJ's all music came on cassette , record before MP 3 =P

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#44 Posted by wis3boi (32507 posts) -

No, I hated untangling the tape when it got caught

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#45 Posted by Shmiity (6089 posts) -

Holy **** no. Cassettes were the worst medium. I don't like this whole vinyl resurgence, but whatever. Im fine with digital media. **** cassettes.

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#46 Edited by iwilson1296 (2309 posts) -

not at all

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#47 Posted by toast_burner (24697 posts) -

@Shmiity said:

Holy **** no. Cassettes were the worst medium. I don't like this whole vinyl resurgence, but whatever. Im fine with digital media. **** cassettes.

What's wrong with vinyl? It has higher audio quality than CD's.

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#48 Posted by indzman (27389 posts) -

@foxhound_fox said:

@indzman said:

Wuts Vinyl ???

Nearly 100 year-old technology that has higher audio fidelity than the best digital files.

*Running off to check Wiki*

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#49 Posted by 10854 (116 posts) -

@indzman: No I don't but I do miss LPs.

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#50 Edited by jun_aka_pekto (22299 posts) -

@indzman said:

@foxhound_fox said:

Nearly 100 year-old technology that has higher audio fidelity than the best digital files.

*Running off to check Wiki*

Analog has the best fidelity. But, it's also hard to filter out any noise that's in the signal. Digital makes it easy to filter out noise. But, you lose a bit of the original fidelity in the process.